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review 2017-07-13 00:00
The Choke
The Choke - Sofie Laguna The Choke - Sofie Laguna I just loved this book. Laguna is so good at immersing the reader in the world of her characters, and I just adored Justine. Her childhood was so evocative of my own in lots of ways, the language, the games, everything. I recall the wonder I felt in the houses of friends who appeared to have more than my family and the paralysing shyness I often felt. Justine is a lovely character who sees more and understands more than everyone gives her credit for. Unfortunately an understanding of the casually violent world of adults alludes her for much of the story. But she does come right in the end. Laguna's story of a deprived and socially dysfunctional family seen through the eyes of a little girl with a learning disability is just beautiful. While the ending might be a bit unrealistic in some respects, it was nonetheless a wonderful relief after all that Justine had gone through before.
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review 2016-09-29 00:00
Choke - Chuck Palahniuk Granny dumpers, fat Tarzan and the monkey with the ass flavored chestnuts, tantric architecture, safe words and the sacred foreskin. Yep.

Victor is a serial choker, medical school dropout, sex addict and bit player in an 18th century living museum. He may also be the Messiah. Or not
Palahniuk does it again with his sarcastic and witty take on choking as a business opportunity. Only Chuck could pull this one off.
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review 2016-04-09 00:00
Naked Choke
Naked Choke - Vanessa Dare,Vanessa Vale I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
'Naked Choke' by Vanessa Dare was a really a refreshing book that was a change of sort to what romance book story usually are.

Emory is at an engagement party that is for her good friend. This really is Emory first attempt at being single and alone in a long time. Emory has been divorced for about 4 years but has been raising her son, who is now off to college. So Emory is trying her to spread her wings some but has only found the cousin of the 'groom' who is not bad looking but his most interesting talk is about when not to eat Oysters. So Emory thinks it time to try to get away from him and possible leave the party. But then Emory notices a really good looking man with her friend's future groom. Emory likes what she sees but thinks he is out of her league. But the next thing she knows he is by her side saving her from the 'Oyster Man' who may or may not be named Bill or Bob.

Grayson Green sees Emory when she went to the bar to get a water and he likes what he sees. When Gray goes to 'save' Emory from a cousin of his friend he finds she is just as great to talk to as to look at. Even better she doesn't seem to recognize him. Gray was a famous MMA champion and most people are after him for that. Gray talks Emory into meeting him in the park to watch him and his friend play a Rugby Game in the park.

Can Emory get over her cobweb dating skills? Can Gray make sure his past doesn't hurt his future with Emory?

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review 2016-01-20 09:54
Naked Choke
Naked Choke - Vanessa Vale

Beebs' Review


Gray's an ex-soldier turned MMA champ, he spots Emory at a friend's engagement party and falls head over heels. Emory is a divorced mother of one and nursing practitioner, she is intrigued with Gray from the get go but is wary and can't understand what he could possibly see in her.

It was nice to see an older couple (late 30's, early 40's) get a book for a change. The relationship between Gray and Emory is sweet, he is very gentle with her letting things build at her pace.

Overall, I liked it, a short read with a little bit of drama and a sweet couple.

*Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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review 2015-09-13 06:42
REVIEW: Naked Choke by Celia Loren
Naked Choke: A Stepbrother MMA Romance - Celia Loren

Oh boy. So, it's common knowledge that I've been on a stepbrother kick. So color me intrigued when I read the blurb of this book and find not one, but TWO stepbrothers! The down side is a potential love triangle...not a huge fan of them...and this book exemplified all of those reasons.


It actually started out ok. Nice set up, good into to the brothers...then I felt like not much happened for a while. During the time that I should have been getting to know the characters, I felt like there was precious little time spent with Logan and Austen, so I really didn't know them.


Austen...from what I did know about him, he was too good to be true. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and I even had a theory of what would come out about him. Just for the record...I was right.


Logan. He was a horse of a different color. For most of the book, he was also a mystery. But when Cat ran into him in Denver, I knew for sure then, that he would be the end game of the book. He and Cat actually sat and talked, trading secrets that the rest of the family didn't know about them. It was the first time I'd really gotten to know one of the guys.


My biggest issue ended up being with Cat and the love triangle itself. Like I said, I'm not a huge triangle fan, but I hated how this played out.

Austen made his play as soon as he met Cat. They started secretly dating and things were going fine...except Cat was also attracted to Logan. When Cat pressed Austen about going public with their relationship, he freaked and walked out on her, leading to him cheating on her. So immediately, Cat cries on Logan's shoulder, one thing leads to another and they get together and profess their love. All this happens without Cat and Austen officially breaking up. Austen lies about cheating, saying he only kissed the other girl and Cat feels guilty, preventing her from breaking up with him.

(spoiler show)

So both guys get hurt by Cat's indecision and guilt. And the whole triangle caused family problems.


My other issue was that everything took so long to happen. 41% of the book, things got physical between Austen and Cat. 61%, they had problems. 64% Cat and Logan get together and from there, it was drama and who will she choose in the end.

This book wasn't all bad, but it didn't work for me. Maybe if so much time hadn't been spent with one guy for her to jump over to the second guy...I don't know. It just was off for me.

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